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Rockies place Tyler Chatwood on 60-day DL
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Rockies placed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 60-day DL on Sunday, the team announced. Chatwood is recovering from Tommy John surgery last July.

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White Sox's Carlos Rodon to take Chris Sale's start
by Sean d'Oliveira |

With pitcher Chris Sale sidelined with a broken foot, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Carlos Rodon will start Friday in place of Sale, reports

Rodon has never pitched in a major-league game.

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White Sox's Zach Putnam dealing with back issue
by Sean d'Oliveira |

White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam has been dealing with a tight back, but he said it's a minor issue, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Putnam has had his back wrapped the last two days.

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Dodgers sign Mike Adams to minor-league contract
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Dodgers signed pitcher Mike Adams to a minor-league contract Sunday, the team announced.

The deal includes an invite to spring training. In 2014, Adams produced a 2.89 ERA over 22 games.

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Marlins' Jose Fernandez throws off mound for first time since surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, the team announced.

Fernandez threw 15 fastballs during the outing.

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Report: Cuban infielder Olivera takes physical for Dodgers, others
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Cuban infielder Hector Olivera recently underwent a physical for a number of teams, including the Dodgers, sources told Fox Sports.

Over 10 seasons in Cuba, Olivera hit .323 with a .407 on-base percentage, .505 slugging percentage and .912 OPS.

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Rangers push back Derek Holland's start due to sorenes
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team pushed back Derek Holland's start due to normal soreness in his throwing shoulder, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Holland was scheduled to throw in Sunday's intrasquad game, but it will be pushed back to Monday as a precaution. Holland missed most of the 2014 season with a knee injury.

"I'm taking a day off," Holland said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "No biggie."

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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez may play in spring training opener
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Yankees coach Joe Girardi said the team will decide Monday if Alex Rodriguez will play in Tuesday's spring training opener, reports the Associated Press.

Rodriguez is attempting to comeback after being suspended for the entire 2014 season and Girardi said the decision will be based on how Rodriguez is feeling.

"It's something I have to talk to him about," Girardi said. "See where he's at physically."

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Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to minor-league deal
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract Sunday, the team announced.

The deal includes an invite to spring training. In 2014, Viciedo hit .231 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI.

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MLBPA's Tony Clark not ready to endorse worldwide draft
by Chris Cwik |

MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark isn't ready to embrace the idea of a worldwide draft, according to

New commissioner Rob Manfred recently commented that a worldwide draft may make sense for Major League Baseball. "It makes all the sense in the world to have a single method of entry," he said.

But Clark doesn't necessarily agree with that line of thinking. While he admitted the idea sounds great in theory, Clark said there are still a lot of challenges. 

Fundamentally, there are a tremendous amount of challenges based on what is already part of the system and/or what is not part of any individual system in any individual country -- with respect to how those players are being developed, with respect to how those players are being educated, against the backdrop of when they're being asked to make decisions about their professional careers.

The issue of a worldwide draft became more relevant following the signing of Yoan Moncada for $31.5 million. Rays pitcher Drew Smyly was critical of the contract, saying it was "not right" for a 19-year-old international player to make that much when a 19-year-old player from the United States would make much less. 

Clark was supportive of Smyly speaking his mind, and reiterated that the draft debate will continue to be an issue moving forward. "As we move forward, we as a group will continue to talk about any number of considerations," Clark said. "An international or worldwide draft is going to be one of those topics of discussion."

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